The Warrior director Asif Kapadia has boarded Miramax Films' western St Agnes' Stand.

Kapadia, who transplanted the spaghetti Western to India for The Warrior, is expected to bring an epic Sergio Leone feel to Agnes, a western story about an injured gunslinger on the run in New Mexico. Reminiscent of Kapadia's debut, in which a samurai-like warrior befriends an orphan and a wise woman in his search for redemption, the adaptation of Tom Eidson's novel tells how the outlaw meets a group of nuns and orphans who have survived an Apache ambush.

The deal, which was anticipated (see Screendaily, Dec 10, 2001), comes after Miramax picked up The Warrior from FilmFour.

Nik Powell's Scala Productions and producer Elizabeth Karlsen, whose credits include Purely Belter, The Hollow Reed and Little Voice, are expected to produce.